An affiliate of the National Stonewall Democrats (with 90 chapters nationwide), Atlanta Stonewall Democrats work at the grassroots level to elect progressive Democrats friendly to gay-lesbian-bisexual-transexual issues, and to educate and inform Georgians on political issues that affect the gay community. Join this newly organized group of GLBT Dems as they honor allies in the labor movement at a happy hour Thurs., Feb. 23. Come out and network with progressives from both the GLBT and labor communities and discuss crucial issues such as civil rights, benefits and opportunities.
The Atlanta Stonewall Democrats and their labor allies will meet from 6-9 p.m. at Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. For more info, visit www.atlantastonewall.org or call 404-607-1865.
· Atlanta City Council City Council discusses city planning and other issues affecting Atlanta. The next meeting will be Mon., Feb. 20. Third Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Council Chambers, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6200. www.atlantaga.gov.
· Atlanta Urban Design The Urban Design Commission works to protect buildings that have historic value. The public is encouraged to attend and voice opinions. The next meeting is Wed., Feb. 22. Second Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m.; fourth Wednesday of every month, 4 p.m. Council Chambers, 68 Mitchell St. 404-330-6200. www.atlantaga.gov.
· Beltline Historic Preservation The Georgia chapter of Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods will discuss a survey of historic sites along the proposed Beltline route. Mon., Feb. 20, 130-A Krog St., 6 p.m. 404-872-8400. www.docomomoga.org.
· Brookhaven Alliance The Brookhaven Homeowners & Neighborhood Business Alliance Association meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. This month's meeting will be held Thurs., Feb. 16, with special guest Sam Massell, former mayor of Atlanta and current president of the Buckhead Coalition. DeKalb Path Academy, 3007 Hermancy Drive. 678-754-4594.
· Chamblee City Council City Council discusses local issues and future plans for the city. The next meeting will be Tues., Feb. 21. Third Tuesday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. 770-986-5013. www.chambleega.com.
· College Park City Council Discusses issues facing College Park. The next meeting will be Mon., Feb. 20. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. 404-669-3754. www.collegeparkga.com.
· Decatur City Council Discusses issues facing Decatur. The next meeting will be Mon., Feb. 20. Third Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m.; first Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. City Hall, 233 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-371-8386. www.decaturga.com.
· Drinking Liberally Check out the local chapter of this national organization, whose motto is: "Promoting democracy one pint at a time." Democrats get together and discuss politics and whatever else comes up after a few drinks. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.drinkingliberally.org. email@example.com.
· East Point City Council Local government and upcoming community endeavors will be discussed. The next meeting will be Mon., Feb. 20. First Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m.; third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 2777 East Point St., East Point. 404-765-1000. www.eastpointcity.org.
· Georgians for Democracy GFD hosts "progressive community night" to discuss progressive issues and activities, as well as to socialize with like-minded and politically interested metro Atlantans. Free and open to the public. The next meeting will be Mon., Feb. 20. Third Monday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. 404-249-0001. www.georgiafordemocracy.org.
· Neighborhood Planning Units Neighborhood Planning Units are citizen-run councils that advise the mayor and City Council. Each NPU meets monthly to solicit community concerns. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives within the NPU, or any business within the NPU. Dates and times vary; check the NPU website to see which NPU you belong to. 404-330-6899. www.atlantaga.gov.
· NPU-N Includes Inman Park, Cabbagetown, Candler Park, Druid Hills, Lake Claire, Poncey-Highland and Reynoldstown. The next meeting will be Thurs., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Fourth Thursday of every month. Epworth United Methodist Church, 1561 McLendon Ave. 404-523-9922.
· Women in the Halls During the General Assembly, Planned Parenthood and the Georgia ACLU are educating women interested in becoming lobbyists for women's issues. Each Tuesday at 9 a.m., those interested meet at the Central Presbyterian Church Community Room, 201 Washington St. www.womeninthehalls.org.
· Air Loaf on 1690 AM
· Hear CL's writers discuss their stories on "Air Loaf" at WWAA-AM (1690) Air Atlanta. Discussions of news and culture air weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 1:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. A two-hour call-in show, Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon, features local topics and well-known guests; on Sat., Feb. 18, Danny Orrock, legislative coordinator of consumer-rights group Georgia Watch, will be our guest.
· Political Party
· Join CL Editor Ken Edelstein and a panel of local politicos and players at the next Political Party Wed., April 12. The event, which is open to the public and encourages discussion of issues facing metro Atlanta, is held the second Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., at Dad's Garage Theater, 280 Elizabeth St. atlanta.creativeloafing.com/politicalparty.
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